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Why go?

Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of Holland. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the attractive, car-free city centre. Utrecht boasts beautiful canals with extraordinary wharf cellars housing cafés and terraces by the water. As well as the Dom tower, Utrecht boasts hundreds of other monuments that each contribute to the special atmosphere in this centuries-old university town.

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Eating & drinking

In the bustling inner city of Utrecht, there are countless shops, cafés and restaurants jostling for space. Perfect if you want to go for dinner and drinks after a shopping spree. Many restaurants and terraces overlook the canals. The canals in Utrecht with their old wharf cellars are a real attraction.

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Utrecht details

Utrecht has some superb shopping to offer. A broad variety of shops and boutiques lines the canals and streets in the inner city. The city centre is small enough to explore on foot but big enough to entertain you for days with art and culture. The Rietveld Schröder Huis, Dick Bruna Huis, Catharijneconvent, Centraal Museum and Museum Speelklok are just a few of the many extraordinary places to visit. If you want to immerse yourself in nature, go for a walk in the Wilhelminapark, Lepelenburg park and botanical gardens. Or simply go for a stroll along the canals embracing the city centre.

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Transport in Utrecht

By public transport
Utrecht is a road and public transport junction. City buses and trams will take you anywhere you want to go. Or travel like a real Dutchie and rent an OV bicycle.

By car
There is an environmental zone in the city center. Park your car at a Park & Ride location on the edge of the city and continue your trip by public transport.

Transport in Holland

Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.